Published on June 14, 2016

Bariatric Surgery: Picture a healthier new you

Have you struggled to shed a lot of unhealthy pounds?

Imagine how great it would feel to say, I did it! Here’s something else to ponder: Could weight-loss surgery help you make that change?

Eating healthierIt often helps when diet and exercise aren’t enough. And people typically enjoy big improvements in their health as a result. For example, many people with type 2 diabetes have their blood sugar levels decline dramatically.

“Within a week after surgery, they’re coming off of medications,” says Piotr Krecioch, MD, a surgeon at Mercy Fitzgerald’s award-winning bariatric center.

Other people see their blood pressure, sleep apnea or cholesterol improve after weight-loss surgery. And they often feel better overall.

“They’ll say: ‘I’m not as achy. I have more motivation. I have more energy,’” Dr. Krecioch says.

Bariatric surgery is generally for those with:

  • A body mass index (BMI) of 35 to 39 and a weight-related health problem, like diabetes
  • A BMI of 40 or higher

Although surgery can help you take off stubborn pounds, it isn’t a quick fix. You’ll still need to make changes in eating and exercise habits to stay healthy. That’s why Mercy Fitzgerald has an entire team of experts to help guide and support you throughout your journey.

“Bariatric surgery is a big step,” Dr. Krecioch says. “We want to make sure you’re ready to make that commitment.”